Ludwigshafen, Germany -- BASF will increase its production capacities for the chemical intermediate 1,4-butanediol (BDO) by 10% at its site in Geismar, Louisiana as of 2016.
The company will then have a global capacity of BDO of 670kT/per year.
Besides its Geismar site, BASF is producing BDO at sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Kuantan, Malaysia, Caojing, China and Chiba,Japan.
A new BDO joint venture site – in which BASF is partnering the Chinese company Xinjiang Markor - is expected to begin operation for 100kT/year before 2016.
BDO is used in solvents, electronic chemicals and elastic fibres, among other products. Depending on the production technology, the starting materials for the production of conventional BDO are natural gas, coal, butane, butadiene and propylene.
In late 2013, the company produced its first commercial volumes of BDO with the raw material dextrose, which comes from renewable corn starch, as utech-polyurethane.com reported at the time.
Previous expansions at the company's integrated site in Geismar have included a new plant to make methylamines, announced in 2009 as we reported previously.